Activities in Down District Council

Stimulating, entertaining and bags of fun, Down District is perfect for families. Let kids go crazy at Newcastle's Tropicana and Coco's, enjoy picnics in forest parks, walk along Newcastle & Murlough beach, hire a boat, go fishing. What more can a family want! Relax, unwind, with rod and reel, and enjoy many endless hours fishing the abundant and well stocked waters of Down.

From relaxing in the luxurious Slieve Donard Resort and Spa to getting in shape in Down Leisure Centre. Down District has plenty to choose from to help you unwind, rejuvenate yourself and of course have fun!  For the leisure sailor, Down offers the expanse of Strangford Lough. The Lough is a glittering tracery of islands and inlets all framed by the majestic Mourne Mountains.

The best way to get a real feel for the countryside is on foot. Leave the car behind and explore the most beautiful and unspoiled areas of Down District. Work up an appetite for some fine home cooking and get some healthy exercise while you're at it!

Saddle up and see the countryside the way nature intended - on horseback. There are lots of equestrian facilities throughout the district, all happy to provide for the experienced and the first-timer.

Golf Clubs

Golf Clubs

Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your back as your ball flies true to the green. From the internationally known Royal County Down to Saint Patrick’s, Downpatrick offers golf courses...
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Cycling

Cycling

Down District offers plenty of opportunity for cycling. The Mourne & Slieve Croob Cycle Routes pass through countryside ranging from beaches and bays to the majestic Mourne Mountains and hidden treasures...
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Sports and Fitness Clubs

Sports and Fitness Clubs

Down District have seven Leisure or Community Centres based in Ballynahinch, Killyleagh, Castlewellan, Drumaness, Downpatrick, and Newcastle. As well as this there are a variety of outdoor sports...
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